From Feb 2002*
The importance of this infamous metaphor in the evolution of an individual -- and his experience with personal karma -- is legendary among astrologers. Because of its involvement with structure, hard work, restraint, control, "paying your dues," and getting along on the bare essentials, Saturn's energy at its best is involved with building and effort -- to produce sound and dependable assets for the future, and at its worst with the judgment of how well we have measured up in our tasks -- with harsh criticism and grudging acknowledgement of adequacy being far more prominent than praise.
When it retrogrades, the need to rebuild and fortify parts of your life -- as shown by Saturn's position in your Natal Chart becomes not only obvious, but often a grinding and burdensome task. The demands of Saturn are rarely easy -- and yet the future will often show that his insistent warnings that stronger, more durable features would be absolutely necessary to get us through the challenges ahead were true -- in spades.
Now that Saturn has gone direct, the latest stages of our most recent reconstruction efforts are underway ... and to give this taskmaster all the help we can -- because he essentially does have our survival and best interests at heart -- another look at what he is trying to accomplish in your life might not hurt. This at least gives you a chance to consider what is underway in your life -- and offer conscious help and support to this often maligned and vilified energy.
* Articles in the extensive series "Things to Know About" are constructed from information originally published in Step-by-Step, our Premium Members several-times a week Astrology Ezine. This Ezine has been continuously published since late November 2001. The material is published here mostly for my convenience. It is not intended to be finished, organized, polished or even complete. Some of it may be notes that don't even make a lot of sense, but you're welcome to look at it.
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